WHANGAROA TO WHANGAMUMU

First light in Whangaroa and it was hosing down, biblical style rain.  I Let go of the mooring and motored down the harbour, slowly, the rain was so heavy visibility was reduced to just a few boat lengths.  Once at the harbour entrance the rain reduced, replaced by a brisk NW’ly wind and lumpy sea. … Continue reading WHANGAROA TO WHANGAMUMU

MANGONUI TO HICKS BAY, A MIXED BAG

After a slow but steady start from Mangonui on the afternoon of the 25th the wind died and I had to resort to motor, passing Cape Brett around midnight in calm seas.  All the next day the wind teased me, alternating between scampering along under full sail to being becalmed and slatting sails.  The motor was … Continue reading MANGONUI TO HICKS BAY, A MIXED BAG

AROUND CAPE BRETT TO THE BAY OF ISLANDS

An early start this morning in calm clear conditions.  We picked up the anchor, motored out of Whangamumu harbour and up the coast towards Cape Brett.  As we approached Cape Brett the birdlife increased, obviously some good food source for the birds around here. Cape Brett Lighthouse. Photo Ray Penson We passed close to Motukokako … Continue reading AROUND CAPE BRETT TO THE BAY OF ISLANDS

BUSH WALKS AND TIRED LEGS

Another wonderful sleeping night.  Awoke this morning refreshed and looked out to a peaceful calm anchorage.  Lots of boats in the anchorage, many of them preparing for a day’s fishing.  We took breakfast in the cockpit, coffee with English muffins and my homemade grapefruit marmalade. The weather is warm now, looks like the New Zealand … Continue reading BUSH WALKS AND TIRED LEGS

HEADING SOUTH TOWARDS AUCKLAND

I awoke early this morning - because I was cold - must find out where I stowed the blankets many months ago.  It’s surprising that things can be hard to find on such a small boat. As today is a moving day an early start was not a bad thing.  After a life restoring cup … Continue reading HEADING SOUTH TOWARDS AUCKLAND

REST, RECUPERATION AND TIDY UP IN OPUA

Today was dedicated to clean up and chores on board Truce and taking it easy.  In beautiful calm sunny weather, I set about tidying the boat.  Stowing all the bits and bobs that I had been using on passage and stashed in the quarter berth for convenience and ease of access from the cockpit. On … Continue reading REST, RECUPERATION AND TIDY UP IN OPUA